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Clark County Deeds & Court Orders Naming Slaves

Submitted by Lyndon Comstock, 5/04/2008



Clark County deeds Vol. 12, p. 174   May 2, 1816

Ambrose Bush's heirs to Ambrose Bush Jr.

Bill of sale for boy Warwick


Know all men by these presents that we the Heirs of Ambrose Bush senr Deceased do relinquish our whole right and title of or to a negro boy named Warwick to Ambrose Bush to have and to hold and to be his property and the property of his Heirs forever for we are of opinion that it is worth said boy to raise him  In witness we have hereunto set our hands and seals this 2nd day of May 1816

Thomas Rowlins  Thomas Rowlins [Jr.?]   John G Bush   Nancy J Comstock   Jeremiah Bush


attest   Benjamin Holladay    John Holladay


Clarke County Clerks office 27th May 1816

This Bill of sale from the heirs of Ambrose Bush senr decd to Ambrose Bush Junr was produced before me James Bullock Clerk of the Court of the County aforesadi and proven according to Law by the oaths of Benjamin Holladay & John Holladay witnesses thereto subscribed and ordered to be recorded


Teste  James Bullock


Clark deeds vol. 17, p. 355-356  May 16, 1821

William Wigglesworth mortgages to Jeremiah Bush a girl Eliza and a man Peter


This Indenture made and entered this 16th of May 1821 between William Wigglesworth of the County of Clarke and state of Kentucky of the one part and Jeremiah Bush of the same County and state of the other part Witnesseth that the said Wigglesworth for and in consideration of the sum of two hundred Dollars to him in hand paid the receipt of which he doth hereby acknowledge hath granted bargained and sold and by these presents doth grant bargain and sell unto the said Jeremiah Bush two negro slaves to wit, one negro girl aged about seven years of the name of Eliza and one negro man aged about thirty nine of the name of Peter which slaves the said Wigglesworth doth hereby warrant and will forever defend the title and health of said slaves to the only proper use and behoof of him the said Bush and his heirs forever the Condition of the above obligation is such that that the said Bush hath this day Loaned to the said Wigglesworth the sum of two hundred Dollars now if the said Wigglesworth shall well and truly pay unto the said Bush the said sum of two hundred Dollars in one year from this date with Legal interest from the date then this obligation shall be void otherwise to Remain in full force and virtue  The said slaves are to Remain untill the said money becomes due in the possession of the said Wigglesworth  In witness of all which the said Parties have hereunto set their hands and seals this Day and date above

Wm Wigglesworth    Jr Bush

[witness name illegible]


Clarke County Clerks office May 16th 1821

This Deed of Mortgage from William Wigglesworth to Jeremiah Bush was produced before me Rob D. Hart Deputy for James Bullock Clerk of the Court of the County aforesaid and acknowledged by the said Wigglesworth and Bush to be their act and Deed and Committed to Record

Teste  Rob D. Hart



Clark court orders March term 1823 (p. 318, film 1842865)

Joel White and wife [Betsey], Complt against William Bush's heirs &c Defts  Chancery


The court being now sufficiently advised of and concerning the premises delivered the following opinion, the Complainants claim the negroes Betty and her two children Cage and John in the bill mentioned under a gift from William Bush in his life time to Richard Stiles, the father of the complainant Betsey: they contend that Betty the mother of Cage and John was given as a part of the marriage portion of Polly Bush the daughter of the said William, upon her intermarriage with the said Richard Stiles.  The testimony as to the gift and the delivery is not entirely without doubt yet it seems to the Court, that it was accompanied with such delivery as rendered it perfect.  The confessions of William Bush in his life time to various persons and at different times are too strong to be resisted by the negative testimony on the part of the defendants.  Although it must be admitted that the testimony of Mrs Bush the widow of William is entitled to great consideration, as well on account of her good character, as the means she had of acquiring accurate information as to the will of her husband  The gift and the delivery of the negro, is proven by the testimony of Hannah Carter who was present at the time and travelled in company with Stiles and his wife and the negro from William Bush to the state of Ohio.  Her testimony is corroborated by the repeated confessions of William Bush in his life time, and proven by the testimony of witness [a number of illegible lines of text follow]...


...The complainants are also entitled to recover a reasonable hire for the said negroes from those who have had them since the said William Bush parted with them; to wit Thomas F. [?] Bush, William F. [?] Bush and George Giddings and from each according to their respective possession.  And to enable the Court to render a final decree herein Willis Collins is appointed a commissioner, and directed to allot to Polly Hieronymus the one equal third part of the said slaves as her dower, and also to take and report an account of the hire &c of said slaves agreeably to the principles of this decree.  As to the answer of some of the defendants praying redivision of the slaves of the said William Bush decd in the event of a recovery by the complainants.  The history of their right is too imperfectly set forth to authorize the Court to consider that matter, they will be therefore at liberty to prosecute a new suit for that purpose -